Just Hold On

Thinking about editing your wardrobe while switching your closet over from winter to spring/summer? Be careful if you decide to edit – now might actually not be the best time.

There’s a lot of pressure to get a lot of shit done right now. Let me clarify that before it sounds too shallow. There are people out there working harder than they have ever worked in their lives and harder than I’ll ever have to work. Doctors to grocery store employees to the mail carriers, and all the other essential employees are literally risking their lives every day and going to work. I think for those of us who are sheltering in place there is a tremendous amount of guilt to “do” something, anything. Whether it’s making something to support those on the front line or simply bettering ourselves there is still a general feeling that we should be doing something while we are at home. Some people are learning a new language, some are learning to cook and some our finally taking the time to exercise and shed that extra weight. I’d love to tell you I am doing something monumental or important or even something productive beyond cleaning out our pantry but I’m not. I won’t make any excuses. I’m just not and I’m just kind of just being right now. Mentally that’s where I’m at and I’m just trying to be honest in case there is anyone else out there feeling like they are the only ones not doing more of something important. I’m hoping this doesn’t make me a bad person or selfish or lazy, even though I’ve told myself I’m all those things. I think everyone is handling this in their own way and needs to continue to do what they need to do.

One of the things I know I need to do is something that has to happen every year because mother nature keeps us truckin’ along. It’s the dreaded closet change-over. I need to do it and I want to do because I know it will make me feel better to have my clothes accessible and organized. Plus I’m sick of looking at my winter stuff. But I keep putting it off and it finally occurred to me why I keep avoiding this when I have plenty of time on my hands.

Decisions.

If I start to put away my winter stuff I will feel like I will have to make decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of. And right now I want to get rid of all of it. I counted that I have 6 vintage sequin jackets in my closet the other day. I looked at them and felt like they were a waste of money. Then, only hours later, I got sucked into watching Desperately Seeking Susan on tv and found myself googling the very jacket worn my Madonna that the whole movie is set around. Turns out you can buy replicas on etsy (the real one was sold at auction a couple years ago for around $87,000), and in that very moment I really wanted one, even though hours earlier I thought about getting rid of all my other jackets. Yes, there is a pandemic going on and I’m googling how to buy this jacket.

DESPERATELY SEEKING $100,000 FOR MADONNA'S "SUSAN" JACKET ...


The very next day I was online to buy more sweatpants because, no surprise here, I’m living in them. In fact I have my day ones and my night ones and even my sleeping ones. The sleeping ones are truly hideous and extraordinarily comfortable. My jeans look like a group of old friends that I can’t decide if I want to hang out with anymore but then when I do put them on they are too tight and feel too restricting and don’t seem to work for my sporadic schedule of eating, cleaning, napping, walking, cleaning and more eating. So when I look at my closet I feel a lot of conflicting emotions around decision that I don’t want to make.

This photo is from my closet. Before this whole thing hit we were scheduled to be away to places with warm weather so I have stuff I took out of the suitcase (white jeans, long maxi dresses) mixed in with winter jackets (fur vest, velvet blazers) and pants.

In talking with my friends I know it’s not just me. So after almost 10 years of having my own business and going in and out of hundreds of closets my single most important piece of advice right now would be…

DON’T EDIT.

I know, this seems incredibly counter-productive and I realize there are heaps of advice out there right now about how to Marie-Kondo the shit out of everything inside your home. But here’s the problem. We are not in our right minds right now. Our decision capacity is actually extremely diminished right now. Even if you are not doing your normal job and for some it may feel as if you have more time, our daily decisions are different and demanding in a different way. Even more so if you have children at home. Think about how many questions you have been asked by 10am, form what to eat to what to wear to where is this and where is that. Our brains are clogged and fogged.

Because we are not in a “normal” place and the future “normal” may look a little different. It’s easy to make brash decisions while we are home during this time. If you are like me I am not loving many things in my closet right now (hello stress eating and drinking!!) and it is way too easy to want to get rid of everything or start buying all different things. Just because you are not using it right now (my collection of vintage sequin jackets 😬😩) doesn’t mean you won’t  need or want it later. And just because you are wearing a ton of sweats and leggings right now doesn’t mean you need even more.

My recommendation? Stick to storing away winter items and pulling out spring and summer. The seasons will definitely change but what our jobs, lives and everyday will look like is a bit unclear. Maybe you will continue to work from home? Maybe your job will change? Maybe your career will change? Or your marriage? Just kidding but it is trying times for many who are confined together! Maybe (unlike me) you are eating well and working out and may need a smaller size of clothing after a couple months. ( I swear, I ‘m starting next week!!)

Do this process in stages so you are not completely overwhelmed. This is why my clients hire me to come and do this for them when they are not home – because it takes hours and it makes a mess and it’s overwhelming. If you are going at it alone start small. I won’t do mine all in one day. I try to set an hour, put on a podcast to listen to, and then tackle one thing at a time. For me the first thing will be taking down these sweaters to store them in bins with cedar (usually I try and have them dry-cleaned prior to storing to avoid any hidden dirt that might be yummy to bugs or moths) and replace them with my jeans. I take down my hanging jeans and fold them onto the shelves because I then hang up my summer skirts and shorts in their place on the other rack above my jackets. Everyone’s setup is different and you need to do what makes the most sense for you visually.

After the sweaters and jeans then I’ll do the shoes (store the winter and take out the summer) on a different day. Just break it up in pieces and don’t overthink the things you are storing right now. Next fall and winter you may have totally different wants and needs and you can decide them when you bring your things back out. The point is not to overthink this while you are doing it. Keep your end goal in mind which is to be able to make it easy to get dressed when May temperatures start to feel like Spring and we can feel Summer approaching in the air. We can’t count on much but we can count on the change of the seasons and unless you are doing the nudist thing at home (no judgement, just be careful cooking) then everyone needs t get dressed.

 If you need motivation, advice or just help organizing the seasonal changeover I can help you virtually! Virtual appointments are available for mini sessions (1 hour) for $80. 

*Insider Tip – Buy it.

If it’s in your budget treat yourself to a couple of a few new items for spring and summer to keep you feeling excited about getting dressed. Make sure that they are versatile items that will work into your wardrobe in ways that you can dress them up or down.  There are tremendous sales right now and it’s easy to get caught up. Just make thoughtful purchases or if you buy something similar to something you already have (another tie-dye hooded sweatshirt) maybe it’s time to follow the 1 in 1 out rule where you get rid of that one that has stains and is starting to fall apart.

Thanks for reading, stay safe, stay sane and most of all be kind to yourself ,

Suzie

Hit Pause, Then Hit Play…Whenever You Are Ready.

I think we can all relate to this sign above right now.I took this photo above in January on the way to a Flyers game. I remember how I thought it was so funny at the time but little did I know this picture would completely describe the world we are in right now, where everything is bit sideways and messed up.

I hesitated to send anything related to my job because honestly it just didn’t feel right. And neither did I. Like most of you, I’ve gone through a myriad of emotions that feels like one of those rides at the boardwalk that people throw up on. I feel terribly guilty saying this but there is nothing I have wanted more over the past year than to be able to hit a pause button. Everything was just going too fast, too sloppy and I felt like I was falling further and further behind in my job, my relationships with family and friends and an ongoing struggle with my own challenges. When they closed the schools and it was confirmed that we would not be going on our long planned family trip to Hawaii I actually breathed deeply for the first time in a long time.

I am an introvert who thrives on downtime. It allows me to recharge my batteries. But it’s hard to feel good about something that is hurting so many people both physically and financially. And when I think about families who are truly suffering through this I feel a crushing feeling on and in my chest. When I watch the news too much I feel true panic and anxiety to the point where I feel like I cannot breathe at all. And yes, of course this then makes me panic that I have “It”.  I’ve never been more scared. I’m scared for my family, I’m scared for my own health.   

When I think of how many humans have had once in a lifetime plans, hopes and dreams destroyed, or have watched their opportunities disintegrate my heart hurts. And I feel terrible that I’m enjoying having my family captured into our own bubble. Right now in this moment we are all here under one roof and they are all safe. We’ve had dinner at home together more this past week than we have in probably the last 6 months. We’ve slept. My house is finally clean. 

Conversely, I’m scared that all these revelations we are all having now will be forgotten and the world won’t change. The very definition of faith is believing in something you can’t see and I believe that there is a chance to change, except I don’t know what exactly that change looks like. 

Our normal has been challenged. Patterns will fall, some will break and some will build anew. I’m feeling that pressure that many of us our feeling that we need to take advantage of this time because we don’t know how long it will last. I want to be honest and tell you that I’ve had productive days and I’ve had days that I slept all damn day. I’ve had days where I’ve ate well and exercised and then I have days that I poured a glass of wine at 3pm. Personally, I think whatever anyone wants to do during this time is their business and there is no right or wrong way to be. Do you want you need to do. Let go of guilt and let go of pressure. I’m working on grace and how to give forgiveness to myself in this time where everything, good and bad, is temporary. 







 So that’s my emotional rant that I had to get off of my chest and out of my head so that I can help others get back to normal. I had a conference call today with other stylists who pointed out that some of our clients may really need us right now. 

Some of you are now getting on virtual conference calls, or perhaps just figuring out to be dressed comfortably but still feel pulled together enough to be productive. You may want to clean out and organize your closets or switch your closets over from winter to spring and feeling overwhelmed with how and where to start. You may be craving retail therapy but  probably have questions on the safety of ordering packages the same way people are nervous about takeout meals and materials that may or may not carry this awful virus. 

I’m here to help! If you want to learn how to look your best for top-up dressing for virtual call (yes slippers and sweats are okay for the bottom half if you keep that half off camera!) then I can help you create some go to looks with accessories and the best colors to put your best face forward when face timing your coworkers.  We can do a conference call in your closet and do editing, put together outfits or help you get organized. If you have an online closet with me I can virtually update your outfits and look book. And of course I can always create your own personalized shopping lists to take advantage of these online deals while still shopping thoughtfully for your own wardrobe. Basically, I am still here for your personalized needs so that each service with each client is customized completely to you. No charge for any phone calls if you want to discuss a service and how it would work. And if you have always wanted to work with a stylist but never thought you had the time this is actually the perfect time to try out a session with me. Even if you have random styling questions about specific items in your wardrobe I am happy to go over any of them with you. We will get back to getting dressed and getting out of the house and I know we will want to all look our best when we can finally get back to going out to eat, having celebrations with friends and family or simply sitting at your local favorite coffee shop with a good book. 

Because I know times are uncertain and stressful financially I am offering any virtual face time sessions at a discount rate during this time. One hour virtual sessions will be only $80 instead of the usual $100. Thank you all, especially if you are still reading this very, very long email! I miss all of you and can’t wait to get back into your closets. Take care, stay safe and remember to stay in your lane and do whatever you NEED to do right now. 
Much love,
Suzie



When the weather is gray and gloomy (like today) this song makes me so happy. I love the words and hopefully it can help you too. 

Lyrics
Feeling good, like I should
Went and took a walk around the neighborhood
Feeling blessed, never stressed
Got that sunshine on my Sunday best
Every day can be a better day despite the challenge
All you gotta do is leave it better than you found it
It’s gonna get difficult to stand but hold your balance
I just say whatever ’cause there is no way around it ’cause
Everyone falls down sometimes
But you just gotta know it’ll all be fine
It’s ok, uh-huh
It’s ok, it’s ok
Feeling good, like I should
Went and took a walk around the neighborhood
Feeling blessed, never stressed
Got that sunshine on my Sunday best
Somedays you wake up and nothing works you feel surrounded
Gotta give your feet some gravity to get you grounded
Keep good things inside your ears just like the waves and sound did
And just say whatever cause there is no way around it
Everyone falls down sometimes
But you just gotta know it’ll all be fine
It’s ok, uh-huh
It’s ok, it’s ok
Feeling good, like I should
Went and took a walk around the neighborhood
Feeling blessed, never stressed
Got that sunshine on my Sunday best
Feeling good, like I should
Went and took a walk around the neighborhood
Feeling blessed, never stressed
Got that sunshine on my Sunday best
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Songwriters: Forrest Frank / Colin Padalecki
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SAG Awards – Red Carpet Rundown

I’m a bit late for this recap because I had to take time yesterday to recover from the Brad and Jenn thing. If you don’t know what thing I mean than you wouldn’t care if I explained it but just let the rest of us live in our early 2000’s fantasy world where Friends is still on and these two are still sharing the same hair colorist. Fun fact: They are currently using the same stylist team of Nina and Claire…things that make you go hmmmmm. Basically this photo right here is everything.

 

 

So oh yeah they were other people there besides Brad and Jenn. This is probably my favorite of the awards shows to actually watch the awards part because this is actors voting on their peers, as opposed to other awards that are by some exclusive confusing committee. This is basically your co-workers at work validating your hard work. And it’s film and television so you get lots of people to look at.

I’m going to keep the feel good feelings going by starting with the looks I loved.

I’m a sucker for a classic and chic Hollywood look, and all these dresses look like they could have been from the past 50 years or so on Audrey Hepburn or Sophia Loren. Zoe’s gloves come up just high enough to keep the look modern and JLo totally redeemed herself from that Christmas gift wrap disaster of a dress. Biggest surprise was Jenn wearing white! This girl is a die hard for her black dresses. But back in the day she did wear white and with her California tan and golden locks it looks amazing on her. Hmmmm…white when she was Brad then and suddenly wearing white again now….okay I’ll try and stop.

Speaking of classic Jenn’s dress is actually a vintage gown by John Galliano for Dior from the Spring/Summer 1999 collection. Jenn loved the dress so much that she purchased it to keep from LILY Et Cie, the high end luxury vintage boutique in Beverly Hills. The only very obvious issue with this perfectly cut on the bias satin perfection of a gown is the nipplegate issue that occurred. It’s very tricky to wear any kind of undergarments under this kind of satin material because it literally hugs every curve and shows everything so perhaps this is why she went sans bra. Everywhere Jenn went so did her very noticeable nipples. I am sure there was no way she didn’t know this so perhaps she is just very happy with her well placed and shaped nipples? I dunno.

 

I’m always a fan of the dressed up pants and both of these young actresses perfected the look by nailing the accessories, the makeup and the hair. And I think the look has enough edge to be totally age appropriate and current.

And then there’s this look on Logan Browning that was just breathtakingly beautiful. She is literally floating in the dress and the color is just gorgeous.

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I love this dress on Sophie Turner but the chrome on the belt is annoying me. I get that it’s Louis Vuitton and it’s kind of signature thing right now but I just wish it was all pink and no chrome. But this is a shade we don’t normally see on the red carpet its refreshing. Her hair and makeup are flawless.

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I loved this dress on Renee. I loved the Bardot inspired updo. I just wish for different color lip..maybe red? And maybe a stunning earring, like an emerald drop, for that extra finishing touch.

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Volume was a trend of sorts and I gotta say I don’t like it. I guarantee these woman cannot use the ladies room without significant amounts of help. If you have ever worn a wedding dress you know that stalls are not built for these kind of dresses and you also know that your maid of honor better really love you because she’s the one sent in to help you lift up the skirt and hope for the best aim. It’s not a glamourous job. I don’t even find these dresses to be pretty on their own and I don’t believe on the dress getting noticed before the woman herself.

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Another trend that was huge last night was bad hair and bad makeup. I’m sorry but there was a lot of it. Fashion does not exist in a vacuum and it take a team of fashion stylists, hair stylists and makeup artists to all do their part to make the look come together. This group project mentality was simply not there for these looks.

The first catastrophe was the severe part down the middle and pulled back look. Charlize’s hair stylist even went so far as to place a Tiffany bracelet on her hair part in effort to …Hell I don’t know what the point was there. It was weird.

Charlize’s makeup is beautiful as there is a color thing going on with her eye makeup that warms up the looks. The other two have 50 shades of Nude going on which closely resembles a corpse.

There is an exception to this wet hair slicked back look. When it is done with volume at the crown it can work. This softens it slightly so we don’t feel like we are looking at a dancer from the Robert Palmer Addicted to Love video. And the slightest pink lip is soft compliment to the smoky eye. Also love that the dress is lingerie inspired by cut without being trashy.

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This hair isn’t greasy. It’s fluffy and messy. Why? It’s perfectly fine for every other occasion but this looks says I air-dried my hair and my hair stylist never showed up.

 

Speaking of bad hair on a gorgeous woman…what was happening with Margot Robbie’s look? The dress is too much with the jewelry and the plaid and the ruffles,  and the grown in  dark roots cannot be a thing. Her skin and makeup though are per usual amazing and really she is such a gorgeous human that she looks best when she goes more simple. 

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Back to makeup, there was some harsh goth stuff going on that felt very severe. Imagine these dresses with a softer look that is less vampy. Maybe do a major eye or a major lip but doing both here doesn’t seem to work. Or maybe a nude lip? Although the dress on the left is another case of volume overload. 

This dress got mixed reactions when I discussed it with friends. Some of them liked it but I can’t get past the Jessica McClintock 1980’s thing going on with that pearl fringe. I want to like it because normally I love what Allison Janney wears but I just can’t with this one.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/Shutterstock (10525967be) Allison Janney 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Arrivals, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA – 19 Jan 2020

This one may have been inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds movie. Imagine it without those black things all over it and it would be a lovely dress.

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Stylists are always telling their clients that the perfect look is achieved with good tailoring. What happened here? Why would he want to do this?

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: Casey Thomas Brown attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. 721430 (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner)

And sadly this lovely girl has the dreaded underarm overflow that we are all afraid of. This unfortunate shot has the dress doing the most unflattering things under her arm. And these are tiny women who have great figures but this awkward fit is distracting. 

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I love these women but didn’t love their look.

Jenn is so pretty and this shade of red is gorgeous but it just feels a bit like prom to me. Maybe if it went straight down? 
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Reese has been trying these edgy bob thing and I just don’t think it works on her. Imagine her is this dress with soft retro Veronica Lake type curls. So much better. 


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I almost want these two to switch dresses as I feel like it is time for Jenn to go a bit edgier and maybe Reese can keep the edgier hair if she goes with the more classic Southern belle type of dress. 

So you did you lover? Who did you not care for? And who are looking most forward to seeing on the next red carpet?? And how do you feel about Brad and Jenn??

Thanks for reading! 
Suzie 

Golden Globes Rundown -hits, misses and just straight up confused.

I love watching the red carpet during awards show season. There is so much going on behind every fashion choice because of one word. Money. Remember, these awards are flattering to the nominees and an honor for the winner, but make no mistake this is all about marketing. Image of an actor is often very blurred between onscreen and off, so hitting the right note in public perception is very important to all those head honchos who are in production at the big movie studios as well as the the more recent power players on the scene, like Apple and Netflix.

So keep in mind as much as an actor is a living, breathing, human being, they are also a vehicle of representation for whatever show or movie they are a part of at that time. Only a few can really truly say “Whatever, I’m wearing what I want”, and that club is reserved for veterans like Meryl Streep (she will continue to get roles even if she dresses like a dolphin on the red carpet), Reese Witherspoon (she changed the game by buying the rights to scripts and producing them herself), and Gwyneth Patlrow (self proclaimed semi-retired but grandfathered in as Hollywood royalty, plus married to a very prolific triple threat writer, director and producer).

Keeping all of this in mind let’s take a look at what the newbies and the “I don’t cares” wore for one of the most photographed carpets of the year.

Let’s start with the ones that I always look forward to but this year their stylists went on vacation or they were allowed to choose what they wanted to wear all by themselves. Either way these bombed for me big time.

J.Lo, Jenny from the Block, Jennifer Gift Wrapped Lopez

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Jennifer Lopez attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies. I am also a huge fan of Tim Gunn, especially when he hosted Project Runway, where aspiring fashion designers were given odd materials or assignments and a short deadline to come up with a specific look. In my mind Tim Gunn visited Will Farrell’s Elf character at the gift wrapping department and told him to “Make it Work!” The result was a conglomerate of white tissue paper and lots of ribbon tied into a big bow.

Jennifer Lopez is one of the sexiest women on the planet, she can wear pretty much anything. So why this? The piles of braids resembled some kind of trifle dish and the matching green jewelry felt very “He went to Jared.” Maybe A-Rod told her he loved it just so he didn’t have to deal with other men drooling over her all night? Maybe he just thinks of her as his “gift”? Maybe she was temporarily blind??

Charlize Theron, Molly Sims and Sienna Miller…aka BiPolar Style

I’m so confused. The color is terrible. And the deconstructed look just feels so forced. Maybe in black it could have worked better? But that necklace…it just can’t be saved. So disappointed as she usually nails it.

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The top looks like a bikini. The bottom is ill-fitting and the color looks like that pre-cut celery kept in water that I typically buy but forget about and then find in the back of my fridge. I just don’t get it.

Molly’s dress is beautiful…until you get to the bottom. Imagine this sleek all the way down without that tulle explosion on the bottom. It would have been so much better if kept simple.

Sexy Bondage? Kerry Washington and Cate Blanchett

Ummmm…..This just looks really super uncomfortable. And would require a hell of a lot of fashion sticky tape. They sell things like these on Amazon. They are called Bikini Body Chain Bling. Don’t believe me? Look it up. These are a tie with JLo for the worst looks for me.

Let’s Switch It Up…

Sometimes it’s not that the dress is that bad but rather just doesn’t seem to “fit” the person wearing it. Here’s some women that I’d like to see trade dresses with each other.

I want to see Michelle in the sequins with that retro Hollywood bob and bff Busy in the peachy confection (minus the blue misplaced accent). Busy’s beachy waves would be the perfect contract to the Grecian style gown.

While both of these dresses aren’t bad on each famous blonde I think they could be so much better if they switched. Michelle’s casual loose waves would be striking against the simple tailored lines of the blue column gown. While Renee’s classic upswept hair would look chic agains this black multi-textured dress that would soften her toned arms just a bit.

I just think that Naomi has the red carpet experience to better pull off this fancied floral while I like Taylor is something more sleek and sexy like this black Armani halter neck.

Jen loves black, this we know. And it works for her. But when she does her hair in this loose waves versus her other signature straight and sleek then I want to see her in a dress that is straight and sleek. I just think it compliments her better. And I think this flounced neckline and belted ballgown would have been just stunning on Christina with a nod to a bit of drama.

Perfect Example Of “I’ll Wear Whatever I Want”…Goopy Gwyneth

I’m not even going to show the rest of this dress because this is enough awful right here for you to get the idea. Gwyneth is an “it girl”, whether we like her or not. I actually like her in interviews as she comes across pretty self aware (goop and all) but still my instinct for some reason is not to like her. Weird, I know. But mark my words, “it” girls like her make and break trends and this whole necklace under the mesh look will be a thing. This was not an accident or subtle statement. This was her new thing and soon people will start consciously uncoupling from their theory that necklaces have to be on top of your clothing (how 2010s!)

The Looks That Made Me Put Down My Champagne. Helen, Zoe and Nicole. Thank you.

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She’s a damn Dame and she dresses like one. That neckline, that necklace, that color. To all those 20 somethings who say ” Bring it”, this says oh “It’s already been Brought-en”. Except Dame Helen Mirren would use proper English and grammar. And yes I just shamelessly quoted from Not Another Teen Movie because I love that movie.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (10517029ky) Zoe Kravitz 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA – 05 Jan 2020

Very few people can pull off this dress. It may be simple classic polka-dots but if you put this on cutesy actress with a cutesy haircut it looks like an extra from Alice in Wonderland. The cuteness of this dress turns to sexy chic only because it is worn by the fierce perfection of Zoe Kravitz. That hair, that makeup, that stare that basically says “Don’t f@#k with me” in perfect irony to the feminine cute polka dots. She is a gorgeous badass.

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Nicole Kidman attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Oh Nicole your face may be a bit frozen but you style is on fire. The fit, the tailoring, the cut…this is a gown. That material looks more expensive than my car, and I mean that in a good way. It’s hard for red not to read cheap, the weight of the fabric, the tone, the exact shade, everything has to be just right. This is perfection. And the the simple, sleek hair looks elegant without that overly slick style we saw so much of on this carpet. Her earrings are a nod to one of my other favorite movies, Moulin Rouge. And yes, one can love Not Another Teen Movie just as much as Moulin Rouge. This look is elegant and I love it.

Honorable Mention. Zoey Dutch? Who Dat?

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 05: Zoey Deutch attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

So I’m kind of old and not up on all of the shows or the new actresses out there. I felt that much older when I googled Zoey Dutch and found out she is Leah Thompson’s daughter. Yes, Leah Thompson from Back to the Future and Howard the Duck. So she is 25 years old and a steady actress, most recently known for The Politician. I don’t know much about her or her role but I know that this color and this dress was a bit of risk and I think it totally worked. The oversized sleeves are on trend without feeling like a costume. She shows just enough skin where it doesn’t seem like she is trying too hard, in fact it almost feels modest with all of that fabric. The jewelry? That necklace was what put this dress into a whole different category for me. It’s an interesting choice, blue against this bold yellow, and it’s at a unique length. It elevated this dress and pulled the whole look together. And this is the only actress that night that I feel successfully pulled off this slicked back early 90s supermodel look correctly. Total Linda Evangelista Vibes. Reese Witherspoon tried this slicked back hair look and I don’t think it worked for her. With Zoey I am definitely looking forward to what we could see next from her in terms of style.

And The Golden Globe(s) goes to…

Salma Hayek, who brought her own set of golden globes complete with stripper platforms. Why, oh Why? Salma can’t possible champion the #metoo movement while carrying an almost illegal amount of cleavage. I’m not a guy and I wouldn’t even be able to look her in the face because I would be so distracted by the display. She’s too good for this trashy look and I would hope for better form this Hollywood veteran.

Okay, if you are still with me, that is all for my ranting and raving. I’d love to hear your feedback. I took about 10 pages of notes on so many looks that I didn’t even mention but I’m also trying not to make anyone doze off while reading this. And remember, fashion is art, it is subjective, open to your opinion and, good or bad, the opinion of everyone else. This blog post is meant in fun and in no way to be cruel to any of these women who bravely have to put themselves out here for the fashion wolves just because acting is their job. I admire all of them and could never in a million years walk that carpet. That said, I want to see them look their best and sometimes I just think maybe their stylist secretly hates them??

Anyway thank you for reading!

xo

Suzie

The Gift List

Over the years of working in closets and with clothes there are a few items that I have tried and trusted and go to time and time again. Some are weird…sulfur on your face (trust me) and some our way expensive (cashmere travel wrap). But these are the things I recommend to all my clients and I promise you they will get used whether you gift them or you get them for yourself. All items are linked through a curated catalogue I created and can be accessed through this link.

This simple cotton tank from Target is a true layering essential. I have a small drawer that has about 5 white, 3 black and probably one of every other color. This is your grown-up bra friendly undershirt that I tuck into my pants and take on every trip.


This is my favorite brand of t-shirts that don’t cling, they aren’t see through and they have hemlines that don’t cut you off going straight across. Lots of styles and colors but the white is my favorite and go-to because of the texture and fit.


A weird but amazing stocking stuffer. I swear to you this works. It smells terrible for the 10 minutes you have it on but it is the only thing that has ever worked on those awful below the surface volcano like painful pimples that you can feel forming deep below the surface of your skin. It’s a life saver and won’t dry out your skin – a true miracle.


Life changer – perfect for travel and to freshen up your clothes. Easy to use and much easier than an iron. Great for delicate fabrics!

These are THE Spanx leggings and yes they really are great. I love these with the shine because you can dress them down with sneakers and hoodie. Grab them locally at No. 109 and size up and don’t feel bad because that’s just the way they are cut.


There are others but this one is the classic. I bought my cream one 20 years ago and it has traveled with me everywhere. My sister even had it on her during her labor in the hospital room – that’s a looooong story about I got “stuck” in the room!


Locally I buy this jacket at No.109. It’s deceiving because it looks cute but this thing has the kind of hood that comes up and over and stays up. It has kept me bone dry even through that torrential rain we had this year during Mother’s Day at the Willowdale Steeplechase. And it layers beautifully over everything from a dress to a sweater. Another travel must have.


Lisa from Chantilly Blue first told me about this amazing shirt, called The Shirt, that fits over any and all chest sizes and still fits tailored through the waist. It is a wardrobe essential. Invented by a woman, designed by a woman, for women’s bodies. Available at Chantilly Blue and online.

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This is the collarless “going out” blazer from J.Crew. If you own this and a white tank or t shirt you just need a pair of jeans and you will always have a chic go to outfit.


Cuddleduds – this is long underwear for grownups. I wear these under all of my sweaters all winter and they keep me so warm but they are never bulky and everything fits over them perfectly without bunching.


These are my favorite jammies ever and I am super picky because I love sleeping so damn much. They are super soft, also come in set as shorts and come in prints. The best part? They are from Target and super affordable.


I love dogs. And dogs are hairy. And I love hugging my dogs, my clients’ dogs, strangers’ dogs. And of course I wear a lot of black. And how annoying is it when you can’t find the end of the roll to peel off of a lint roller or it’s trapped in a drawer stuck to something else. This beautiful little tool keeps each roll fresh and sticky for quick touchups. I have one in the car, in my closet and in my handbag.


I was first gifted one of these by my friend Ashley who sells this line at her Ashley Austin boutique in Kennett Square. Sara Happ herself came to an in store event and her own lips are just as heavenly as this gloss. This is another thing I keep one of everywhere – the car, by my bed, my desk etc.


Another favorite I learned about locally when Heather at No. 109 started to carry them. These are the only hats that do not itch my head because they are 100% cotton. The pom detaches so you can throw it into the washer if like me you get your makeup on it! And the best part is that 50% of the purchase price goes to pediatric cancer support and research.


My dear friend Jen created these bracelets several years ago after an accident left her with time on her hands during recovering. What started out as a small hobby is now sold everywhere from QVC to the Park Plaza hotel in NYC. So many designs, colors and charms and you can buy them locally at the first ever store to carry them – Chantilly Blue in Kennett Square.


It’s faux, it’s warm, it’s cozy and it’s easy to wear because of the built in slide-through. Keep it on all day and wear it like a necklace or layer it over your coat. They come in a ton of colors so grab a neutral and fun bright color.


My friend Kate gave me these and I feel bad ass when I wear them because they are called the Boss Babe earring from Uncommon James. They edge up everything from a t-shirt to a cocktail dress.


This is my favorite party trick. I have varicose veins and spots and practically translucent legs that look like they have purple and blue road maps on them in the winter. Simply spray this leg makeup/foundation into your hands and apply and it will only come off with soap and water in the shower. I’ve worn it in the summer at an outdoor wedding where it was 99 degrees and full humidity and it doesn’t budge. It gives the perfect “airbrushed” finish without the complication of a fake tanner mishap. Find it in the nail care section in stores like Target, CVS and Walmart.


This is the unique slipper in that in can be worn indoors or out and they are the warmest thing ever on my feet. Comes in many colors and styles but this black is my go to.


I hate putting water on my face for some reason. Especially before bed. When I’m tired I’m done and I’m really lazy. This takes it all off and leaves nothing behind. Works on all eye makeup too. And my face feels just right after, not greasy and not dry.

I can’t scream enough about this bag. It folds flat when you don’t need it. It has just the right size compartments and an inner and detachable storage bag. It fits my laptop. I can use it as an overnight bag. It’s been through hell and back and I can wipe it down with a Clorax wipe and it is always good to go. Simply the best.

I don’t know what is in this and I don’t care. I’ve tried everything else. This is the best if like me you are sweating even when it is freezing out. The smell is the most subtle ever but it is so good that even one my friends’ husbands starting using it!

That’s it! It’s not as good as Oprah’s but I stand behind all of these. Happy Shopping and thanks for reading!

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Weight A Minute…

Nope that’s not a spelling error. It’s a reference to my weight and how annoyed I am with it. You know how most people think they look worse than they actually do? In this particular case I had got dressed in my favorite black jumpsuit for a family wedding. I looked in the mirror before I left and felt confident. It’s not that I thought I looked amazing but If felt good enough in it that I didn’t think about my outfit the rest of the night. Due to some work and schedule commitments that our husband’s had, my sister and I ended up going as each other’s dates to a family wedding. This was so much fun because truthfully we are rarely ever out where it is just the two of us, no husbands, no kids, no obligations. We laughed so hard the whole care ride down to Alexandria and we made the most of the time we had before the wedding by hitting up all kinds of different bars, restaurants and shops. In fact, we left ourselves very little time to actually get ready, hence the pony tail in the picture, it was also about 1,000 degrees so wearing my hair down was not happening. The picture below was taken of me and my cousin Connor. I was the first grandchild born into my mother’s side of the family and our cousin Connor was the last. Last year after he graduated high school he enlisted with the United States Marines. Our whole family could not be more proud of him and it was a special occasion that he was able to attend the wedding. I’m smiling a huge natural smile in this photo because I was having a great night.

But you know what’s awful? When this picture popped up on Facebook I wanted to cry. Actually kind of laugh too because the crotch area of the jumpsuit immediately reminded me of the It’s Pat body type from Saturday Night Live. It had felt a little tight but I had worn it just 2 months prior and it fit fine. My mind immediately went to how to untag myself from the photo or at least make sure it didn’t show up on my timeline. Meanwhile it’s a great photo of my handsome cousin. This is a guy who completed The Crucible part of his boot camp with a pneumonia and a broken nose who has enlisted to fight for our country and I’m worried about what I look like in the photo.

But still I preceded to zoom in on the unflattering shot and send it to my friends and family. Yes, I’m serious. What kind of self-obsessed weirdo does this shit? Me, I do. I’m telling you this because I know many of you do too. My best friend looked at the photo and said “I’m sure it’s just a bad angle…”. Ouch, that’s the honest way of saying, yeah, not the best photo.

I even made my husband, who was laying next to me almost asleep in bed, put on his glasses and look at the picture.”Look I said! It’s hideous! I’m so fat! It’s the worst!” My husband looked at me like I was nuts and simply said “Stop it, you’re beautiful.” He truly is one of those men who tells me this every day, even when I wake up with my eyes smeared in mascara, wearing one of his t-shirts and his boxers (sad but true this is my favorite kind of pajamas). He sends me texts to tell me this, he looks me in the eyes and says this, and, I know by looking into his eyes that he believes this because he is not shallow and he is a good person. I mean clearly he married me for my cooking skills. (I’ll wait while we both recover from laughing so hard) And yet, I ungratefully whine and complain and take it all for granted simply because I don’t like what I see. There were other photos that I thought I liked from that night like the one from below. But I also know that they have been cropped, light adjusted and just short of photo-shopped. Even this one below has my arm doing that weird thing where it looks like a French crepe at my underarm. Everyone has some of this when they hold their arm this way, it’s called skin, but but I couldn’t crop it out without cropping out part of my head, trust me I tried!

You see I’ve made a business out of working with women of all ages and all sizes to help them not just with their wardrobes but on a deeper level with their self-esteem. Usually I can never even tell the flaws that they are worried about but I work with them to make sure I help them to feel confident of at least hiding these flaws. I can’t take them away if they feel them or if they see them. I can work to flatter the best parts of them and make it so that they stand a little taller and feel a little better. My ultimate goal is to have them not really think about what they look like after they put on their outfit at all. I want them to be able to get dressed quickly and feel confident, so that they can get out the door and onto the more important things in their life other than what they look like. And yet, here I was, a super hypocrite who was wallowing in self-pity for the extra weight I’ve gained. Truth is I have gained about 20 pounds over the last couple years. I’ve gained weight eating pizza, drinking wine, staying up and watching movies with my kids and eating snacks. I’ve gained weight simply because I am getting older and it’s our bodies and our hormones start to change. There is even that super twisted part of me who thinks that maybe I self-sabotage a bit by still eating pizza, carbs and pasta because then I almost feel in control of gaining weight in a very weird way, as opposed to the women I know who are working out and eating close to nothing and still their bodies are changing and growing out in the middle where our waists once were. People are polite and say “I can’t tell!” or “No, you look great!” But we’ve all been there where suddenly our bras don’t fit right, jeans feel like a straight jacket for our stomachs and even underwear is too tight.

But I don’t look back and regret any meal. Okay maybe some of the fast food ones but the point is it has all been me living my life. I’ve always wanted to be an example to my daughter that in an increasingly visual world where youth and a great body are doctored, photo shopped and delivered on a silver platter, that it was what’s on the inside and how we live our lives. I’ve worked with clients who are sick, their bodies riddled with cancer, who would do anything, and I mean anything to put on some kind of weight onto their frail bones. Their bodies are so sick from the cancer drugs that food is simply rejected. I’ve helped them try and find something to fit while they muster up the strength and the courage to go to their family weddings. And yet here I am bitching about this stupid shit. I’m also the one who takes 30 selfies, making sure to cut out any unflattering arm angles or forehead wrinkles before I post them onto my social media. As far as I know I don’t think I’ve ever had anyone hire me because of what I look like. Sure it’s important to look pulled together if I am trying to represent my business of image, but perfection has never been something I’ve preached nor have I wanted to practice. I’m not a fashionista. I love clothes and getting dressed up but in a weird way I’m more of a cheerleader for my clients. I’m the blacksmith putting together the suit of armor so that my clients can protect themselves from insecure thoughts that creep into all of our heads. I wish I had Lizzo’s confidence but when I’ve spend 30 minutes trying to get dressed, there’s 8 pairs of jeans that I’ve spent good money on that don’t fit on the floor, and I’m running late it’s freaking frustrating. It’s not always the number that is so upsetting or our physical shape but the fact that we are staring at a closet full of clothes that worked 2 days ago but failed us today. Do you go shopping and spend more money for a bigger size? Squeeze into what we have? Or skip the wine and bread and cheese for a week and hope the jeans fit again soon? If I have the opportunity to ever go to Italy you’re damn straight I’m gonna eat and drink my way through the country. But sure, like ever other woman I know I will then come back and beat myself up when I’m stuck with a closet full of clothes and nothing that doesn’t make me feel like a bloated tick. I get it. I do. It’s annoying that our bodies feel out of our control.

There are lots of jobs that unfortunately do require us to upkeep a certain kind of image. That’s a shit ton of pressure. I hear people question all the time why someone is wearing something or just commenting on someone’s weight. You never ever know what is going on with that person. I’ve had the physical and emotionally opportunity to be with women inside their closets. The woman that you may look at and think her pants are too tight may have just lost 120 pounds and is super excited to be wearing jeans with a button and zipper again. Another woman who is super skinny may be sick and can’t put on weight. Or that really fit person with the great body? Maybe they really love working out and that makes them happy. Can you imagine being on television? Or in a movie? Or even an athletic trainer, who I am sure feels the pressure to look a certain way. We have no right at any time to judge. Stay in your lane and live your best life.

I do want to lose a little weight because as we get older it becomes about our health more than vanity. Over the summer I met with my friend Charlene Richardson, owner of Anchor Life and Fitness. She asked if I wanted to be involved in helping the winner of their six week challenge program go shopping. Of course I was on board but I a couple of weeks ago I actually enlisted myself in the challenge. I would feel like a fraud helping someone who worked so hard go shopping when I was afraid myself to try and put myself into something that I am traditionally terrible at, i.e. any remotely athletic activity other than walking and even then I usually trip, fall, or stub my toe. I want to show my kids that I am going to put my health before beauty. And one of my very favorite things about Charlene is that she confessed to me that she actually feels conscious working out at any other gym but her own. I look at her and see a strong kick ass woman so how could this be? Because, just like the rest of us, she feels the pressure. If she goes to another gym and people know she is a trainer they may look at her and judge her on what she is lifting, on her form, on her body. As amazing as I know she is this made me like her this much more to know that she get’s that feeling. It’s why her gym looks more like and feels like you are at someone’s ultra cool home as opposed to an intimidating gym.

Wanting to change but doing it is all well and good to say but it’s not very easy to do. It takes time and happens in stages. I’m not about to post a picture of my fat rolls in a bikini. I’m not that confident with complete body acceptance and I’m not sure I’ll ever be. And that’s alright too. Wherever you are, whatever you believe, it’s okay. It’s about working to find the mindset that matches your inner compass, whatever that may be. And for me, that compass has pointed to different things throughout the years. Currently it is pointing in the direction of a dire need to find the good.

One of my favorite places to be is in my own backyard in the hour or so before and just after sunset. The sky is stunning and it’s never the same. Lately I have been so freaking pissed off because there is noisy, dirty construction of houses that will be going up right smack in the middle of this view. Last night I ate dinner outside with my daughter. It was the first time in a while because I had avoided sitting out back because I was too busy letting it piss me off so much. But then I looked at the sunset. It is still there. It’s still just as beautiful. It just depends what part of the picture I choose to look at.

My view, and my body, will never be the same as it once was. People change, the world changes and we have to adapt or be left screaming and standing still. It’s not easy and I’m not always going to feel this positive. But today, I am trying. When I look at that black and white photo I will still see the “It’s Pat” character stomach, I can’t make it just go away. But I’m going to focus on the memory of having the photo taken. Time spent with family, with my cousin who is serving our country, and a weekend of belly laughs with my sister. I want to be a better example for my daughter and I want to make sure that my client’s know that I get it. I really do. I have always asked them to be as open and honest with me about everything when it comes to getting them into the right outfit that makes them feel good. I can only get that kind of honesty by giving the same in return.

And, to complete the cycle of instagram versus reality, here are some shots I am happy to share and some I cannot believe I am sharing. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading, I know it was a long one. I’m looking forward to getting back to writing a bit and sharing some more open stories about getting dressed and keeping it real.

Suzie

Hung Up On Hangers?

Here’s your go-to guide

Almost after every  client visit I recommend investing in good hangers to take care of your clothes. Having matching hangers is visual serenity and makes your closet feel like your own personal boutique, however, there is not a one type fits all solution if you really want to take care of your clothes. Below is a bit of a primer and why I like to have a combination for my clothes.

Wooden Hangers

  • Pros – Sturdy and strong these are built to last with a classic and clean good look to them. Have a swivel S-hook (that metal thing on the the top that makes it easier to have all your clothing facing the same direction). The notches help with any slippery items. They make your closet feel like you are shopping in a boutique.
  • Cons –  Bulky, they will take up a lot of room in your closet.
  • Price – Not cheap, Pricey (think between $1.50 -$2 per hanger)
  • Where To Buy –  Home Depot,  Bed, Bath and Beyond, Amazon, and online wholesalers. I use these in my closet but I had to do it in phases due to the cost.

The Slim Line Hanger

Honey-Can-Do 20-Pack Velvet Touch Suit/Dress Hangers
  • Pros – Visually appealing, these are the modern look for today’s closet. The velvety finish assures your tops won’t fall off. Now available in pretty much every shade, although I think black is best because you can always add to it and know it will match. The slim feature means you can pack a lot into a space (this could be a good or bad thing…)
  • Cons – Not super strong or good for heavy items, they do break. Not all are made with a swivel S-hook. Works best on strappy or sleeveless items. If you want to watch a grown man have a temper tantrum than try watching him try and get his golf shirt off of one of these suckers. It’s not user friendly.
  • Price – Affordable (I saw packs of 50 for as low as $22) But make sure to compare prices as there is a huge rage. Remember you pay for what you get so buy the best quality you can afford.
  • Where to Buy – QVC, Costco, HSN, Homegoods, etc. They are starting to be everywhere.

Padded Hanger

  •  Pros – You don’t need to have a lot of these but they are great for hanging lightweight sweaters that would otherwise get wrinkled when folded. SEE CHART BELOW
  • Cons – Not many except that they cost more and take up twice the room as a slim hanger. Stay away from the silky ones because they are slippery.
  • Price – Roughly $2 a hanger.
  • Where to Buy – Amazon, Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Plastic/Tube Hangers

 Pros – They will do the job just fine, look for the notched version. Available in pretty much every color. Perfect for a college dorm or the kids room where you know they will not be a permanent fixture in your wardrobe.

Cons – I know it is horrible but they are ugly. Obviously no swivel S-hook action. They can sometimes leave those wretched bumps in the shoulders of some of your shirts. And it can drive you crazy when something keeps slipping off or pants slide over.

Price – At an average of about .30 a hanger you this is an easy switch. I use these in the small size for our kids.  I hang their clothes right out of the dryer and the kids can put them away themselves.

Where to Buy – The Dollar Store, Big Lots, mass discounters.

Wire Hangers

My consulting style is very laid back in the sense that I am not there as a dictator but more of a guide to help you find your own style. But when it comes to wire hangers I am ruthless, so I am not going into cost or where to buy because just don’t.

They ruin your clothes by putting protruding dents in the fabric of the your shirts in the shoulders which can quickly give you the Lady GaGa look.

 They are cheap. They are weak. They tangle together like a cruel game of barrel of monkeys that you just can’t win.  The drycleaners use them as a means for us to take our clothes home, not to store them on. Leave some empty nice hangers right in your coat closet so that you can take off the crappy wire ones as soon as you get home from the drycleaners.  Don’t forget it is especially important to take your clothes out of the chemical filled drycleaner bags and let them breathe.  Put a bin at the bottom of your coat closet for the discarded wire hangers so you can take  them back to the drycleaners for recycling.

THERE ARE 2 EXCEPTIONS:

1. When I pick up sweaters that have been drycleaned and folded over the rounded bar style. Then I leave them like that until I am ready to wear them or store them away folded.

2. Men’s dress shirts, provided they are in constant rotation. So if the tux shirt comes home after a party and is only worn about once a year then I transfer it to a wood hanger. But if we are talking about dress shirts that are in constant rotation between the drycleaner and being worn than I leave them there knowing they are only on those for a short amount of time. Same thing for dress pants that are in constant use.

So are you ready to get started??

Make the best of it by pouring a very large cup of coffee (or wine!), put on your favorite movie or music, and set forth in transforming your space, which can be completed in about 1 hour. Chances are after you start you will be motivated to clean out anyway.

  • Buy the best quality you can can afford, even if it means not being able to do the whole closet right away.   Buying from a bulk distributor or online wholesaler will help to keep the cost down.  
  • Start small. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take things out in small groups, not the whole shebang or you will be faced with an overwhelming tsunami of clothes. If needed you can even break it into a section each night.
  • This makes a fabulous gift. Even more so if you share the closet and you get to reap the benefits.

You know that person that you never know what to buy for them? Buy them hangers. Such a nice splurge and they will think of you every day.  I know it sounds silly but wouldn’t you love it? This is an especially good guy gift. You would be surprised how many men really appreciate it when their closet feels put together. I eventually did my husbands closet in all wood hangers and they are perfect for his hang-to-dry golf shirts. Want to go an extra step further? Hire me and I will get you the hangers and have the items transferred to their new matching homes in about an hour.

My picks for the best hangers…

I’ve put together an online catalogue you can shop from. You’ll also see some other of my favorite storage solutions and my go-to chrome hangers for pants.

BONUS!

Looking to put some new items into your closet?

Here is the link to my picks for fall essentials (all under $100!!) from the Nordstrom Sale.

Thanks for reading!

Suzie

Shopping 911 Call

Have you ever had an occasion sort of sneak up on you? It’s in the back of your mind and then suddenly you realize what Month it is and then your event is this weekend…and you have nothing to wear? Maybe your are busy or maybe, you are like Erin, who would rather go the dentist than go shopping, so you keep putting it off and putting off and next thing you know your event is the next day!

Erin is one of my very best friends, but for as much as we have in common we couldn’t be more different when it comes to shopping. She likes to go shopping about as much as I like to go to the gym, which is not at all. So it was of no surprise to me when Erin called me this past Friday from the fitting room, needing my help. The only issue is that she lives in Atlanta and I was working from home in snowy Pennsylvania. But here’s the thing…that’s really not at issue at all. Thanks to technology we got her entire outfit ready to go, head to toe, in about 35 minutes. So how exactly does virtual styling work?

Tell Me Your Style

Luckily with Erin I already know that she is not super girly Sleek, chic and nothing fussy always suits her best. She has no trouble getting dressed every day but it’s occasions like this (school fundraiser with the word “Gala” in the title) that throw her a little off. She’s most comfortable in solid colors and nothing too bright or with too much pattern.

Tell Me Your Budget

Erin is a very practical person by nature and therefore also in her purchases, meaning if she has to go out and buy something she is hoping to get more than one use out of it. She doesn’t impulse buy and she doesn’t go out just browsing shops. That being said convenience is key so if the price is reasonable she is not going to keep looking for a cheaper alternative.

Tell Me Your Location

She usually has a purpose in mind and wants to get it done quickly. Because of this she does better in stores that are not too overwhelming (so no TJ Maxx types where she has too many choices). Chain stores, department stores, and places with helpful staff are the ideal places for her to shop.

Give Me About An Hour

With face-time and a computer I can quickly locate what you need and where to get it. We started with Erin calling me from the fitting room in the Banana Republic that is located in a shopping center with lots of other stores. She had picked out this jumpsuit and liked it because it was comfortable and definitely something she could wear again.

While the jumpsuit looked great as is, I knew we had to dial it up a notch to get it gala ready. She also needed a shoe with a substantial heel to balance the wide leg crop style of the jumpsuit. Looking online we found these block heel silver metallic sandals that were perfect.

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The jumpsuit came with a belt in the same fabric that could be tied into a bow and hang at the waist, but the casual drape of the belt wasn’t going to cut it. Erin has a tiny waist (even though I know she will say no she doesn’t as she is reading this) so defining it with a sleek belt would make the jumpsuit feel more custom. I was looking for a belt that would have some sort of stretch to it as those are the kind that typically fit the best over a thin fabric and won’t shift around. I didn’t see anything online on Banana but I knew there was a White House Black Market store next door to her. We scored right away with this perfect piece, especially with the silver trim to tie into the shoes.

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Now we have a sleek look of the black jumpsuit, silver block sandals, and the belt. All that was left was to find some simple but bold jewelry that would compliment the feel of the rest of the outfit, and a great clutch.

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While I was looking online and Erin used her phone to have me virtually look through the jewelry I spotted these lucite oversize drop earrings. I loved them for her because I know she can wear them again and the curved shape softens some of the other more linear looks on the belt and the shoes. She absolutely could have added a small necklace or even a larger more bold silver necklace but this is where I believe the jewelry has to fit the personality. She is more minimal in her style and adding a necklace would have felt too much on her, so we decided to skip it and add a bracelet instead.

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They don’t have a picture online of the exact bracelet we spotted for Erin but this bracelet works just as well. It’s perfect because again it will work for everyday but yet add just a touch of interest to the outfit for the party. The clean and sleek nature of it blends well with the belt and earrings. Next it was on to a clutch. While Erin did have a black clutch at home I spotted this clutch as she was walking around. Even better the already reasonably priced jewelry was buy one get one 1/2 off.

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Yes, I know it is blue and the rest of the outfit was black, but the deep blue actually felt like the perfect unexpected compliment to the otherwise all black ensemble. Sometimes it’s that feel of something being a little off, or not so matchy-matchy that take the style of an outfit to a more personalized and unique level. Plus this is the type of clutch that she can throw into her work tote and pull out later for drinks with friends.

The Result…

She looks amazing!!!

I’m not just saying this because I helped her or because she is one of my best friends and is gorgeous, but she looks amazing because she was comfortable. She looks like herself, just kicked up a notch, and the overall effect is an effortless chic. All of the items can easily be incorporated back into her wardrobe for maximum versatility. It was a total success and I got her out of the stores in under an hour!

*Insider Tip – Think Outside The Box

Although the invitation said Gala most of the men were wearing suits. The go-to would have been a cocktail dress of some kind but a jumpsuit works much better for Erin and she was still completely in line with the rest of the looks for the evening. The best part is how many opportunities she will have to wear these pieces again.

Pair with a denim jacket and slides for a great travel look or for the weekend.

Or put the clutch and silver heels back to any white top and jeans and you have a girls night out or date night look.

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Give me a call and I can email you a personalized shopping list for a specific outfit or occasion, or we can make a date to shop together virtually! Send me an email when you are ready…suzie@suziegaffney.com

Thanks for reading!

Suzie

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